Anorak | Tesco buys horse slime from overseas but makes British farmers jump the fences

Tesco buys horse slime from overseas but makes British farmers jump the fences

by | 12th, February 2013

HOW did horse meat end up in our discount murder burgers? Sarah Montague told BBC radio listeners:

“The Swedish firm Findus employs a French company, Comigel, to make its ready meals. It gets meat for its factory in Luxembourg from another French company, Spanghero. And it in turn employs an agent in Cyprus, who uses an agent in the Netherlands, to source meat from an abattoir in Romania.”

So. This is where all the agents from the Cold War ended up. They work in the shadowy world of international meat processing.

Tesco has been putting horsemeat in its Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese ready meals. It’s not the cheap business it sounds. Verity’s pony that “fell ill when she went to Uni was not collected by the Tesco delivery truck. A lot of thought and cooperation when into that Triggerburger.

Tesco is richer than it’s meat dishes.

This is the company that makes its meat producers jump through hoops to get product into its stores yet buys foreign horses. The companies words on Beef  Standards are boastful:

All the beef farmers supplying our approved abattoirs meet national farm assurance standards and belong to our suppliers’ Producer Clubs. We source cattle from all over the UK and Ireland.

That’s got more bull than a Romanian or Polish beef abattoir, which, of course, might have none.

All our standard cattle are sourced direct from farm assured farms which are independently audited. These farmers are committed to the highest standards of quality, animal husbandry and animal welfare.

That bollocks is still up on the Tesco website.

Every piece of beef sold in our stores can be traced back to the group of farms where it was reared and the cattle are always purchased direct from farm and never through livestock markets.

Prove it.

Value beef is taken from slightly older animals than those we use for standard beef but otherwise the standards are the same.


Finest beef is selected from prime cuts, and then matured to optimize flavour and tenderness.

And horse.

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